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The End Of The Cold War: European Unity, Socialism, And The Shift In Global Power
The End Of The Cold War: European Unity, Socialism, And The Shift In Global Power
By Bogdan Denitch
University of Minnesota Press, 1990, 123 pp

Denitch, who describes himself as "an engaged democratic socialist" and "critical Marxist," suggests that as central Europe turns from East to West, democratic socialism of the West European variety will become increasingly attractive: after a taste of capitalist chaos East Europeans will turn toward the West European model of the welfare state. Although he deplores their rather lackluster style of politics, Denitch says that the social democrats are nevertheless "the best game in town." Social democratic trade unions and parties-above all, the German SPD-stand to gain a windfall from the dissolution of the Soviet bloc coupled with the unification of Europe. It is a plausible prognosis, if not entirely free from wishful thinking, and it is laid out with great intellectual and literary panache.